Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Review: Arrows Over Agincourt by D. Lawrence-Young

I would give this one 3 1/2 stars. It is the story of two young men, Davey and Tom, who decide to sign up to join the army of Henry V. The book is told through Davey's eyes. They are involved in the siege of Honfleur and then in the battle of Agincourt.
The history is solid and that was part of my problem with the book. I have trouble believing that two young men, one who could barely read, would have as much inside knowledge of the goings on as these two did. Even some of the stories going back to the battle of Shrewsbury, while extremely accurate and detailed, seemed unlikely as to be known and recounted by these young men.
The book is well-written with a few errors such as Uncle Rafe who is referred to as both Davey and Tom's uncle at points in the story. There is also some modern speech (I think Davey says something like 'he's a good kid') that seems inappropriate to the time.
I think this is a good book for teens to get them involved in English history and would recommend it as such.

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